JFK Scholarship Winner Announced

By Sam Mitchell


April 24, 2017

CONTACT: Susan Higgins

MADISON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 JFK Scholarship.  Grace LaFrentz, a senior at Randolph, submitted an essay in response to the question: “What positive impacts have women in public office had on the political system of Alabama?”

“The JFK Scholarship has been awarded by Madison County Democratic Women since 1964.  It is part of our proud tradition of supporting young Democrats and highlighting the ideals and values of President Kennedy. His values ring as true today as they did 53 years ago,” said Susan Higgins, Chair, “we are so pleased to award the scholarship to a young woman who epitomizes service, academic excellence and commitment to the core values of the Democratic Party.”

Ms. LaFrentz serves Randolph as the Vice President of the Randolph Honor Council and as a head student ambassador. She has received numerous awards, including the Yale Book Award, AP Scholar Award, and Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award.  Ms. LaFrentz is a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta.  She is also an avid musician, playing the violin, piano, and French horn. “It is an honor to receive this scholarship from an organization with a proud history of promoting the values of the Democratic Party and ensuring the political leadership of women,” commented Ms. LaFrentz.  Ms. LaFrentz is the daughter of Dr. John LaFrentz and Amy LaFrentz.

Ms. LaFrentz will read her essay at the 2017 JFK Dinner on May 4, 2017 at 7 PM.  She will be followed by keynote speaker Mimi Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy is an actress, activist and author, and former chair of the Progressive Democrats of America Advisory Council.   Reservations for the dinner may be made at www.democraticwomenofmadisoncounty.com.  The public is invited to attend.

This event is open to the press.